Interview with designer Benjamin Eddy (BE), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Ni Ji Jing 11.5m Sports Trimaran Yacht.

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Interview with Benjamin Eddy at Tuesday 17th of April 2012: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
BE : The main idea of the design is as a tender to a mega yacht. To be used as a quick day yacht which the owner would use as a sports yacht for fun and to go closer to islands and beaches with its small draft it can dock very close to shore unlike a mega yacht.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
BE : I wanted to achieve harmony mainly between the outriggers and the central hull as this yacht is a tender for a large mega yacht trimaran. I was following the trimaran theme throughout the mega yacht and the tender.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
BE : At the moment this design is the tender for a 54m superyacht which I am also designing which shall be completed by June

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
BE : This design took me about three months overall

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
BE : I have noticed that there are no sport trimaran yachts similar to this design of around the same length so it is unique.

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
BE : Not particularily the biological structure of a whale seemed to inspire me

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
BE : A client who wishes to use the tender with a larger yacht or by itself as a sports yacht for quick trips from beach to marina

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
BE : Plenty, I have not seen any designs of a similar length.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
BE : the name of the design means orca in Chinese which is a killer whale and I believe the design is similar to the look of an orca

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
BE : I used alias automotive to design the yacht, I then rendered the yacht in flamingo NXT and V-Ray render. I also created the yachts general arrangement in AutoCAD

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
BE : I believe the trimaran format is the most unique aspect of the design especially with a yacht of this size.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
BE : I was tutored by the lecturers at my university but there was no direct help from any other party.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
BE : I researched into the trimaran format. I realised that this format makes the vessel more stable and gives the yacht brilliant straight line performance which is good for a small sports yacht.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
BE : Making all aspects of the design work well together and work in harmony which I feel I succeeded with.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
BE : the module in which I was undertaking was a competitive design module and therefore the design had to be entered into a design competition, therefore I thought that this would be a brilliant place to enter the design